In 1965, a group of visionary professionals dedicated to developing the economy in South Carolina founded the South Carolina Industrial (now Economic) Developers' Association. Envisioning a bright future for South Carolina, this proactive group came together determined to be a force of positive influence on economic development in our state. As South Carolina's economy continues to prosper, SCEDA members remain at the center of development activity, supporting each other for the benefit of all South Carolinians.
In 2010, SCEDA celebrated its 45th anniversary. Looking back gave us an opportunity to see all that has changed in our state.
1966—The first containership calls on the Port of Charleston.
1968—General Electric opens a turbine facility in Greenville County.
1968—Kimberly-Clark opens a production facility in Aiken County.
1969—Federal approval to extend I-77 south to Columbia from Charlotte.
1971—Michelin makes first investment in South Carolina.
1971—Timken opens its first South Carolina plant in Spartanburg County.
1972—Act 1268 establishes the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education.
1974—Robert Bosch establishes a manufacturing facility in Dorchester County.
1978—GlaxoSmithKline’s Aiken manufacturing facility established.
1984—"Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places" campaign is launched.
1987—FILOT incentive is passed into law in South Carolina.
1988—Fuji Photo Film announced in Greenwood County.
1991—Wal-Mart announces plans for a distribution facility in Laurens County.
1991—Hoffmann-La Roche in Florence County.
1992—BMW breaks ground on its first manufacturing facility outside Germany in Spartanburg County.
1993—South Carolina Development Board becomes the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
1995—Enterprise Zone legislation passed into law.
1995—Nucor Steel locates a recycling plant in Berkeley County.
1996—UPS opens its Southeast air hub at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
1996—The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor is established.
1997—Honda announces plans for an ATV manufacturing facility in Florence County.
1997—Bridgestone-Firestone announces in Aiken County.
2000—Haier opens a manufacturing facility in Kershaw County.
2001—Harbor Freight Tools establishes a distribution center in Dillon County.
2002—Endowed Chairs Program is created.
2004—Alenia Aeronautica and Vought announce a joint venture to build components for Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner in North Charleston.
2004—Savannah River given National Lab status - one of only twelve in the United States.
2005—Arthur Ravenel Bridge opens with clearance of 186 feet.
2007—Google announces plans to build a data center in Berkeley County.
2008—Monster breaks ground on customer service facility in Florence County.
2009—Boeing announces a 787 assembly site at its North Charleston facility.
2009—readySC™ trains its 250,000th South Carolinian.
2010—First Quality makes South Carolina’s largest investment on record in Anderson.
2010—South Carolina Department of Education and Workforce is created.